How to Make Yummy French Toast Without Milk
How to Make Yummy French Toast Without Milk
by Jacqueline Samaroo
The idea of making French toast without milk might leave some people baffled and thinking, “Without the milk it couldn’t possibly still be French toast!” Well, it turns out that making French toast without milk is actually quite doable – and absolutely enjoyable.
Milk-less French toast becomes an option for various reasons. Perhaps, you’re out of milk and would rather not run out to the store to get some. It could be that you’re lactose intolerant, so dairy is simply off limits. There are people, like me, who do their French toast without milk because, well – that’s how they’ve always done their French toast.
Whatever your reason for wanting to do this classic breakfast item sans milk, these great French toast ideas won’t leave you missing the milk at all!
French Toast - The Basics
French toast requires that the bread is dipped in an egg mixture and then fried (baking and grilling are options, too, if you are so inclined). What goes into the egg mixture is totally a matter of choice and that brings in the fun part of cooking – the experimentation, trial and error or simply playing with your food!
A bit of sweet - A sweetener of some sort is sometimes added to the beaten eggs, regardless of the fact that French toast is often served dusted with sugar or with syrup poured over it. Just a reminder here that “healthy” isn’t an adjective often used in conjunction with French toast, more like “decadent”, “indulgent” and “totally YUM!”
Commonly used sweeteners
- sugar (brown or white, but the brown gives more flavor),
- syrup, of which maple is the hands-down favorite but many French toast recipes give great ideas for making your own deliciously flavored syrup.
- honey, which is pretty sweet but its unique taste is hard to beat
Sweet fresh fruit is always a pleasure with French toast. They taste great together and the fruit helps take away a little of the guilt. Often, one topping is never enough with your French toast and you will find that many persons go with a combination of toppings.
Choices include the aforementioned sweeteners and fruit, as well as, butter, whipped cream, jams and preserves, cheese, bacon (yeah, bacon!), a fried egg, and just about anything you like, in fact!
Older, drier bread will soak up more liquid without becoming a soggy mess. You could buy crusty French bread, leave it for a few days to go stale and then use it in your French toast (after all in France they don’t call it “French toast’ but pain perdu or “lost bread” instead).
If, however, you’re doing French toast with just eggs, there is going to be less liquid and it won’t be so runny. The bread will, therefore, be less likely to fall apart from getting too soaked. That means using regular bread that you already have at home is fine. You should probably leave it to soak just a little longer, though, as the batter will be thicker.
Lightly toasting the bread is a frequent suggestion but completely optional. Toasting serves the purpose of drying out the bread (faking old bread, if you wish) so that it soaks up the batter better. Oven toasting is preferred by quite a few people who say it creates slices that are sufficiently dry on the outside but still pleasantly soft on the inside.
For some people, French toast is perfect with just beaten egg and a few spices in the egg mixture. Cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg are, of course, popular favorites in that department as they add a little sweetness with their flavor. Using just one or two of the spices is okay but you may also choose to go all out – using all three at once.
What, no milk? – Yes, you can leave out the milk and any other liquid apart from the eggs. (Eggless French toast is also possible, by the way, but that’s a totally different post!) Other liquids you can try are water or non-dairy types of milk like coconut, soy and nut milk such as almond. If you are not lactose intolerant, you could use some yogurt or cream.
Some people argue that the milk or other added liquid increases the volume of the egg mixture so you can do more slices of bread with fewer eggs. That might be the case but it is also a matter of taste. French toast made with milk tends to be more creamy and custardy. Those done with just egg will definitely be more eggy and tend to get crispy edges quicker. It's a question of what flavor you're going for and with which other ingredients you are serving the french toast.
The Basic Technique
1. Set butter to melt in a pan over medium heat.
2. Lightly beat the eggs (along with any liquid you choose to add).
3. Mix in optional sugar (or other sweetener) and spices.
4. Dip slices of bread, one at a time, in the egg mixture so that both sides are completely coated.
5. Place the bread in the hot butter and allow it cook on both sides (approximately 3 minutes per side)
6. Remove each slice and serve with your favorite toppings.
Three Easy French Toast No Milk Recipes For You To Try
1. Batter with Just Eggs
This batter uses only eggs, sugar and vanilla then serves up the finished French toast with a dusting of powdered sugar and some maple syrup on the side. Really very easy to make!
2. Batter with Ripe Banana
Here’s a lovely recipe that adds mashed bananas to the batter. The other batter ingredients are simply eggs, cinnamon, white sugar and vanilla. Garnished with powdered sugar, you end up with what tastes like extra yummy banana bread!
3. Batter with Honey and Yogurt
Next up is a delicious yogurt and honey batter that also includes eggs and cinnamon. The toast is served with slices of ripe banana and a honey butter that’s super easy to make.
Sources & Links
- Darren Clunie